The feature of Network and Sharing Center functionality in Windows 10 is counted as a great accomplishment, as it makes sharing all kind of files and contents easier in our day to day routine as well as in-office hassles. It has many advantages being a part network center, but it has its disadvantages as well (like the Windows 10 system errors). Error 0x800704cf is a very commonly seen error related to Windows Network systems and can be easily fixed too. It flashes a message saying, ‘Network error – Windows cannot access’.
In Windows 10, this error code usually appears when you try to access the Network system, or when a Workgroup is initiated.
The most prior or first thing you can do after coming across this error is run a diagnose by using the Windows wizard. Simply, click on ‘Diagnose’ when the error pops up and then follow the instructions properly. The Windows system will look out for the reason behind the error and at the same time try to find the best solution for the problem.
But, if the diagnose process didn’t work for you. There are many other solutions for this error as well which you follow manually.
Error 0x800704cf can be very annoying at times, but this error can be easily resolved by just following a few steps. There are many ways to resolve this error, as mentioned earlier and we have discussed all the operations briefly step-by-step in this article.
How to Fix Windows Network error 0x800704cf?
In this article, we are going to discuss a guide to fix the Windows error network 0x80070cf. We have provided the most effective solutions which will surely help you to get rid of thus error code. So let’s try them out.
1. Change adapter settings
A Network Adapter is a computer hardware component that is used to connect your system to any other device from which you need to transfer or share data. But if you are unable to share the files due to error 0x800704cf, then you can try changing some of the adapter settings. To fix this issue by contacting the Network Sharing center follow these steps.
Step 1: Press the WinKey + I key simultaneously to open the Windows System Settings.
Step 2: Now, select Network & Internet (Wi-Fi, airplane mode, VPN) option from all the tabs.
Step 3: All the network connections available will appear on your system’s screen, scroll down to Change adapter options, and select it.
Step 4: When it will open, all the Network Connections will be flashed on your screen.
Step 5: Next, Right-click on the Wi-Fi network connection that is currently available and select Properties from the dropdown menu that appeared.
Step 6: Uncheck the checkbox of the option displaying Client form Microsoft Networks.
Step 7: After that, Save the changes and reboot your system. Check whether the error is resolved or not.
This solution is the simplest of all, hence must be tried first. Most of the time this method works for solving this error, but if not it is advisable to switch to the next method.
2. Reset TCP/IP
TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is a standard protocol that facilitates how to establish and maintain internet connectivity on your system. TCP works with the Internet Protocol (IP), which defines how the system will send or receive the data packets. But sometimes, there can be setup changes in TCP that are wrong which can lead to error 0x800704cf. To fix this error we need to reset the settings of TCP. Follow these steps to know-how.
Step 1: Firstly, search for the Command Prompt feature in your system with the help of the Search bar.
Step 2: Now, from the results, look out for Command Prompt and right-click on it, and select Run as Administrator from the right-click menu.
Step 3: Type ipconfig /flushdns in the command prompt and hit enter. This command is used to clear the DNS cache.
Step 4: Next, type nbtstat –RR in cmd for refreshing NetBIOS entries in the system.
Step 5: For resetting the IP settings, type netsh int ip reset in cmd and press enter.
Step 6: After that, type netsh winsock reset, which is the last command, and hit enter.
Step 7: Finally, close the Command Prompt and reboot your system and check if the error is fixed.
This method will most probably work for your system. But if both of the above-mentioned methods don’t help in fixing the error, go ahead and try out the last method.
3. Reinstall Network Adapters
If you are still facing the error code 0x800704cf error code, try this method of Network adapters. A Network adapter helps your system in connecting with the internet. However, some bugs can appear while doing this task. And to fix these bugs you need to uninstall and then reinstall the network adapters. This can be done by following the below-mentioned steps.
Step 1: Firstly, Search for Device Manager in your system by typing it in the Search Bar.
Step 2: Select the first option to appear from the results of the search to open Device Manager.
Step 3: When the Device Manager window appears, left-click on View from the menu bar in the upper section of the windows.
Step 4: Now, choose the option show hidden files from the drop down menu appeared after the click.
Step 5: Next, expand the Network Adapters option, this will show the list of all the Adapters available in your system.
Step 6: Start uninstalling adapters one by one, by right-clicking on the adapter and choosing Uninstall Device from the Drop down menu. If there is some adapter that can’t be uninstalled, skip to the next one and continue the process.
Step 7: After uninstalling all the Adapters, choose the Action option from the upper menu bar of the window.
Step 8: Select scan for hardware changes from the appeared drop down menu.
Step 9: After the scan is completed, reboot your system and check if the error is fixed or not.
This method is one of the most effective ways of solving this error. And hence, this will definitely work for your system if the first two didn’t.
Usually, the Windows 10 error 0x800704cf can be easily resolved with the methods listed in this article. If you have any further suggestions or queries, write them below in the comment section.